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Quote of the Day: Challenges

 

Our lives aren’t defined by our challenges. Instead, we get to define our lives by how we respond to those challenges. – Gov. Greg Abbott (TX)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott poses with Maj. Gen. John Nichols, Texas Adjutant General, and Texas Army National Guard Leadership after being presented a “T” patch Sep, 2, 2017 at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas. The Governor was in Houston to visit areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

2018 was a challenging year for me. My wife died, my father died, my father-in-law died. I lost two jobs (the second just days ago). I had to scramble to cover the bills, and just when I thought everything would work out, suddenly I am looking for a job again.

It would be easy to give way to despair. Yet, I cannot. I am not built that way. I am still in good health, I have valuable skills, and I firmly believe God never gives us challenges greater than we can overcome. They may be greater than we think we can overcome, but that just means we need to look harder for a solution. I will continue to strive to overcome my challenges, and not allow them to overwhelm me.

Do I have problems? Sure. But look at Greg Abbott. At 26, just when his life was really getting started an accident left him crippled, unable to walk, and wheelchair bound. It would have been easy for him to give way to despair. Instead, he met that challenge, becoming a judge (including serving as a justice on the Texas supreme court), attorney general of Texas, and today is governor of the state of Texas, one of the most successful governors in the nation. He lived what he preached. His life is defined by how he responded to his challenges.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    OH Man, Sorry you are looking for work again. I know from last year how much that sucks! 

     

    • #1
    • January 8, 2019 at 9:25 am
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  2. Member

    Wouldn’t he be a great replacement for RBG?

    • #2
    • January 8, 2019 at 9:26 am
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  3. Thatcher
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    Thanks for a super quote, and a great post! Good luck with the job search.

    • #3
    • January 8, 2019 at 9:55 am
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  4. Member

    Here’s to a new job coming your way soon, @Seawriter! 

    • #4
    • January 8, 2019 at 10:08 am
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  5. Thatcher

    I have taken such inspiration in the past from Charles Krauthammer’s story. Gov. Abbott’s story is equally inspirational.

    I am truly sorry for your losses and wish you the best in the job search.

    • #5
    • January 8, 2019 at 10:44 am
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  6. Editor

    I could not agree more. Praying you’ll get something new soon, I have confidence you will, because you have the confidence. Pulling for you, thinking of you.

    • #6
    • January 8, 2019 at 10:56 am
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  7. Thatcher

    Seawriter: I have valuable skills, and I firmly believe God never gives us challenges greater than we can overcome.

    An Engineer/Technical Writer with many published books sure has valuable skills.


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    • #7
    • January 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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  8. Member

    I’ve lived a while now…had a lot of ups and a few downs. I can’t say I’ve ever suffered through the series of horrible events that you’ve suffered @seawriter. Here’s wishing you the best for 2019 and beyond. It kinda reminds me of the old story about the guy lamenting that he had no shoes when he looked over and discovered the guy to whom he was complaining had no feet. You have your health. That’s what counts. God Bless.

    • #8
    • January 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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  9. Thatcher

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Seawriter: I have valuable skills, and I firmly believe God never gives us challenges greater than we can overcome.

    An Engineer/Technical Writer with many published books sure has valuable skills.

    Companies are always looking for someone to take the jumbled words of schnooks like me into coherent prose. The gigs are out there. You’ll find one, Sea. I’ll pray anyway.

    • #9
    • January 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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  10. Coolidge

    God bless you! You are an inspiration. You made my Twitter feed better. I wish you the best this year!

    • #10
    • January 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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  11. Member
    AQ

    Yes, praying that you find a job worthy of your talents and courage.

    • #11
    • January 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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  12. Coolidge
    TBA

    I deeply admire your fortitude, but I wish you didn’t need quite so much of it. 

    I really (we all really) hope this year will be better for you. 

    • #12
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:17 am
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  13. Thatcher

    With you all the way, @seawriter! Thanks for the reminder from one of my tribe. Needed it today. Prayers ongoing…

    • #13
    • January 9, 2019 at 10:17 am
    • 6 likes